Service Learning

Community service helps broaden awareness of families in need and provides opportunities to help meet those needs. Students at all three campuses participate in a variety of service activities during the academic year.

Students have found many unique areas in which to serve including tutoring, child care, working with disabled persons, city government, environmental activities, the arts, and more. Participation in these programs is strictly voluntary for grades K-6. Students in grades 7-12 are required to complete a minimum of twenty hours community service.

Here's How We've Been Serving Lately

Spring Break 2018: Fiji

Forty-nine Upper Campus students, teachers, and administrators ventured on a service trip to Fiji over Spring Break, 2018. They built homes, constructed outside toilets for the local people, prepared and served meals for a women’s shelter, organized a day camp for Fijian kids, and cleaned up a flooded animal shelter and hospital. Service is a treasured value of ours here at Pinewood; we love to see our students grow as conscientious, caring citizens of their local and global communities.

A Panther in Madagascar

Helena Merk ’17 and fellow Duke University engineers seek to provide clean water to remote village

Seeing Green

5th graders present check to Grassroots Ecology

Cuba 2016-17

During Spring Break of 2016-17, seventeen of our high school students ventured to Cuba for a time of cultural service learning. The group came face-to-face with Cuba's fascinating history by touring historic sites and hearing the stories of local people. Thanks to the generous donations of the Pinewood community, the group also delivered clothing, hygienic supplies, and sports equipment to a service center in Havana. Trip chaperone and Middle Campus Principal Sarah Haun says she loved watching the students bond across class levels and social groups on this incredible, memorable cultural experience.